Urgent Care Clinic Salt Lake City Utah




FIRSTMED URGENT CARE - COTTONWOOD HEIGHTS

SALT LAKE CITY UT

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About FirstMed Urgent Care - Cottonwood Heights

FirstMed Urgent Care - Cottonwood Heights is all about empowering patients and showing them how medical services should be delivered. We have five locations scattered throughout the Salt Lake City area to better serve you. Let us improve your health and your opinion about the healthcare system.



1950 East 7000 South
Salt Lake City, UT 84121

  • Office Hours
  • Monday - Friday 09:00 AM - 09:00 PM
    Saturday 09:00 AM - 09:00 PM
    Sunday 09:00 AM - 09:00 PM

Urgent Care Clinic Salt Lake City Utah

If you don’t have insurance, we do everything we can to keep your out-of-pocket costs as low as possible. We have three different price points for office visits, injury visits and follow-up visits, each of which includes several services.


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How to keep kids healthy and safe this summer

No one plans to visit the urgent care clinic, especially when summer is here. We want to enjoy the hot weather, sunny skies and extra free time. Kids, especially, love the freedom of being out of school in summer. They can swim, play sports, hike through nature and spend unstructured time with their friends.

Unfortunately, with the added freedom, kids can get injured, requiring a trip to the urgent care clinic. As parents, you need to know what injuries you can deal with, which ones need an urgent care clinic, and what situations require the help of an emergency room. Fortunately, there are some pretty simple things you can do to reduce the likelihood you’ll need to make that trip to the urgent care clinic in the first place.

The main reasons kids need urgent care

  • Drowning: While drowning is rare, the rate doubles in summer compared to the rest of the year. It’s not noisy — children tend to sink quietly and quickly under the water. By all means, teach children water safety and swimming, but never let them swim alone or without adult supervision. That means you’re not sitting beside the pool, reading a book — you’re paying attention to the child the whole time they’re in or near the water. And for children under 5 years old, you need to be in the water with them, less than an arm’s length away.
  • Bike accidents: Bicycle-related injuries and deaths increase 45 percent every summer, according to U.S. News. Head trauma from bicycles is one of the most easily preventable injuries. All you need to do is ensure that your children wear a properly fitting bicycle helmet, approved by the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
  • Automobile accidents: Make sure children smaller than 4-foot-9-inches and weighing less than 80 pounds ride in a properly fitting car seat or booster seat, and everyone larger than that is wearing a seatbelt at all times. Motor vehicle accidents account for nearly 200,000 injuries to people under age 14 every year — and thousands of deaths, as well.
  • Pedestrian accidents: Kids are outdoors more in the warm weather, and those under 10 years may not have the ability to judge speed or distance of moving vehicles. Supervision of smaller children is key, as is education on road safety for older kids. Safe Kids USA recommends that adults walk completely around their vehicle to make sure that small children are not playing or sitting behind or under the car before starting the engine.
  • Burns: Barbeques, campfires, fire pits and fireworks are all attractive to kids. According to the Centers for Disease Control, a third of people injured by fireworks are under age 15. Close supervision around fireworks and all other heat sources is essential to avoid that trip to the urgent care clinic.
  • Falls are the leading cause of non-fatal injuries to children all year round, and spike 21 percent during the summer. More open windows, playing on the jungle gym, climbing trees and rocks and other summer activities can be fun, but can be dangerous, too. Safe Kids USA recommends supervision and well-fitted, rubber-soled shoes to reduce falls.
  • Accidental strangulation: Anything that hangs around the neck, even a hoodie, can get caught when a child is on a play structure, bicycle or other equipment. Strangulation causes half of all playground deaths among children.
  • Dehydration: Kids who are playing sports or otherwise active in the hot weather can become dehydrated even before they feel thirsty. In hot weather, make sure they drink before engaging in sports, and take a fluid break at least every 20 minutes. Watch for signs of lethargy or grogginess.

Urgent care clinic or emergency room?

Go to the emergency room for acute, life-threatening injuries or illnesses. Remember that the ER will treat the most acute cases first, which means you may be waiting a long time with a child who has a fever.

Sometimes it’s hard to make the decision, and some parents opt for the ER “just in case.” For infants less than two months old who have a fever, head for the ER immediately. Broken bones, severe and sustained bleeding, loss of consciousness, dehydration and infections that can cause loss of life are also signs to go to the ER.

You should opt for the urgent care clinic for:

  • minor cuts
  • sprains and strains
  • rashes and other skin irritations
  • asthma and wheezing.

The FirstMed Urgent Care Clinic in West Valley Utah is ready for you and your kids, whenever you may need us. Especially this summer!

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Health risks in heat waves

It’s summer, and lately the summertime heat waves have gotten longer and even hotter than before. And experience shows us that as temperatures spike, so too does the demand for urgent care.

No one wants to spend a summer day in an urgent care clinic. But you can watch over your children, check on your older family and friends and take some steps to protect yourself and your loved ones from having to take a trip to the urgent care clinic this summer.

The dangers of extreme heat

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), extreme heat kills an average of 688 people every year in the U.S. And in 2017, New York, Arizona, Utah and other states saw spikes in the number of heat-related deaths.

The elderly, very young and people with other health problems are especially susceptible to the effects of extreme heat. But even healthy people can be affected, or injured, in a heat wave.

Statistics across the U.S. show that visits to emergency rooms and urgent care centers increase during heat waves, and the increase is correlated with the temperature: the hotter it gets, the more people need urgent care medical attention.

The effects on the body

High heat combined with high humidity make a heat wave even harder to tolerate. Our bodies naturally perspire to cool down: the water on the skin evaporates, removing heat from the body. But when the humidity is high, the air surrounding us is close to saturated with water, which makes evaporation slower.

If you’re out in the heat and humidity for an extended time, or if you’re exercising — running, cycling, even gardening — eventually, the conditions will reduce or shut down your ability to sweat. At this point, your body temperature will continue to climb. This affects your brain and central nervous system. You may feel dizzy and confused, and could lose consciousness. This is called heat stroke.

Before this happens, though, there are other signs and symptoms of impending heat stroke. Watch for these signs in yourself, your children, loved ones and especially seniors. And know when to take them to urgent care.

Symptoms of heat stroke

  • muscle cramps and weakness
  • red, hot and dry skin, often with a rash
  • headache and dizziness
  • confusion
  • lack of sweating
  • nausea and vomiting
  • rapid heartbeat
  • rapid, shallow breathing
  • changes in behavior
  • seizures
  • unconsciousness.

What to do

When the temperatures soar, limit your time outdoors. Stay in a cool, air conditioned environment during the hottest part of the day.

When outdoors, get into cool water whenever possible. Swimming, even jumping in a kiddie pool or through a sprinkler, can help keep kids and adults cool.

Watch your children for signs of heat stroke. In a heat wave, make sure that everyone is hydrated. Favor clear water, and avoid caffeinated beverages.

Serve frozen treats and ice water. Set up a timer or schedule to make sure you’re drinking water regularly through the heat.

Older people often do not realize they’re becoming dehydrated. Check on seniors who live alone in your family and your neighborhood. Encourage them to drink more water.

At signs of heat stress, move into a cool area, such as an air-conditioned home. If your home does not have air-conditioning, go to a movie theater or a shopping mall.

In extreme cases, apply ice packs to the affected person’s neck, back, armpits and groin to cool their body temperature. Or put them in a cool (not cold) shower or bath.

If the affected person is young and healthy, and has suffered heat stroke during vigorous exercise, use an ice bath to cool their body. Do not use ice for young children, seniors, people with chronic illnesses or anyone who was not exercising vigorously.

Then call 911 or go immediately to an urgent care clinic.

Urgent care in West Jordan Utah

FirstMed Urgent Care operates urgent care clinics in several locations in the Salt Lake City area. We’re here for you and your family in times of heat stress.

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First Aid tips to use before you reach an urgent care clinic

When people suffer a traumatic injury, getting them to the closest urgent care clinic is vital. But if you are on the scene with them, there are things you can do immediately to help before and during your trip to an urgent care clinic.

If there is a splinter or glass embedded in the skin or wound, first wash the area around the wound with soap and water. Sterilize a pair of tweezers with rubbing alcohol, then use them to slowly pull the object out. If there are several pieces of glass that you cannot remove, gently wrap the area with a clean cloth and go to an urgent care clinic or emergency department.

Press a clean cloth firmly on any bleeding wound and hold it in place until the blood flow stops. This can take from three minutes to 15 minutes. If you have time, clean the wound with lukewarm running water.

If the wound is the result of an animal scratch or bite, wash it gently with soap and rinse it with lukewarm water. Cover it with gauze or a bandage and head for the urgent care clinic.

Burns

Act quickly: Time is critical with burns. Immediately hold the burn under cool running water or, if it’s available, apply snow to the burn. Keep it under the water or snow until the pain subsides. Cover the burned area and any small blisters with gauze. Place tape or a bandage loosely over the wound. Go to the urgent care clinic if the burn is on the hands, face or genitals, or if it covers an area of the body larger than a quarter-inch.

For deep burns or a burn with a surface area of more than 10 percent of the body, call 911. Cover the victim with a blanket to prevent hypothermia until medical care arrives.

Insect bites and stings

Bees will leave part of their stinger under the skin. It must be removed immediately. Don’t use tweezers, which can squeeze more venom into the wound. Instead, hold a fingernail or, better yet, a credit card at an angle over the stinger. Gently scrape the stinger out without breaking it.

Go to an urgent care clinic if the victim begins to cough, has a hoarse voice or exhibits trouble breathing, develops hives or appears to have a swollen tongue or lips.

Eye injury

You should get to urgent care immediately if you have sustained a hit or a poke in the eye that causes severe pain, sensitivity to light, blurry vision or continuous tears.

If a chemical has been splashed onto the eye, hold the eyelids open and flush with lukewarm water. Call Poison Control.

Hold a cool, wet cloth over the eye as you go to urgent care.

Heart attack

Chest pain, pressure, breathing trouble, cold and sweaty skin, paleness and jaw pain are some signs of a heart attack. Yet there are also soft signs including mild, unfocused chest pain that comes and goes, or starts mild and gets stronger, as well as fatigue and flu-like symptoms.

If you have First Aid training, administer CPR. Perform chest compressions for 30 seconds, followed by two breaths of artificial respiration into the airway. Then continue the compressions. If you are not trained in CPR, compression-only CPR is acceptable as long as the victim has not used up all the oxygen in his or her bloodstream.

Any heart attack requires immediate medical treatment. Call 911 or, if it’s safe, take the victim to the nearest emergency room or urgent care.

Be prepared

You never know when a emergency might happen, so be ready to react quickly with a home First Aid kit. It should contain:

  • emergency telephone numbers — not just 911, but also numbers for your local poison control center, emergency management office and family doctors. Also include home and work numbers for family, friends or neighbors who can help in an emergency. For example, if you have children, it's important to include numbers of people who can look after them in the event you have to take another family member to urgent care.
  • sterile gauze pads or dressings of various sizes
  • adhesive tape
  • bandages
  • antiseptic wipes or fluid
  • eye patches
  • thermometer
  • face shield or pocket mask
  • cloth to make an arm sling
  • scissors
  • tweezers
  • safety pins
  • instant ice packs
  • disposable, non-latex surgical or examination gloves
  • a First Aid manual

Be prepared to take those first steps when an emergency strikes. Then seek professional medical care at FirstMed Urgent Care Clinic, a top urgent care clinic in West Valley Utah.

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What you should not do at the urgent care clinic

No one can predict an emergency, medical or otherwise. But we can plan to be ready to respond when emergencies happen, and that includes getting medical care.

Doing a little research into the urgent care that’s available where you live can make all the difference in a situation when seconds count. It’s vital that you know your options for medical services before you need them. Take a little time to get to know where to go — and when.

Don't choose urgent care when you need the emergency room

The urgent care clinic can handle a wide range of things, but it’s set up to address situations that are not life-threatening. Go immediately to the closest hospital emergency room if you or someone near you is experiencing any of these problems:

  • Heart attack — symptoms include severe chest pain or pressure that radiates to the neck, jaw, back and arms, sweating, nausea, cold and clammy skin, shortness of breath, confusion, dizziness, extreme fatigue or loss of consciousness.
  • Stroke – symptoms include slurred or labored speech, sudden numbness in the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body; sudden confusion; trouble seeing, walking or other movement; dizziness; loss of balance or coordination; or sudden, severe headache with no apparent cause.
  • Labor — most urgent care clinics are not set up to deliver babies. Instead, head for a birthing center or an emergency room.
  • Unconscious patients — the place to go is the emergency room.
  • Uncontrollable bleeding
  • Head trauma
  • Serious abdominal pain
  • Bullet or stab wounds

Don't use urgent care for the treatment of chronic conditions

These clinics are designed to provide immediate treatment of urgent, but non life-threatening, conditions. Go to your primary care physician or specialist for questions about, or treatment of, symptoms related to:

  • Diabetes
  • Hypertension
  • Refilling prescriptions
  • Chronic pain
  • Vaccinations
  • Wellness and other routine checkups

Don't choose randomly

Remember the Boy Scouts’ motto: “Be prepared.” Do a little research now about the choices for urgent care in your area. Look first for those close to your home and workplace, but remember that some clinics specialize in areas like pediatric care (for children) or senior care.

Check online or with a quick phone call about whether the clinic accepts your health insurance plan or, if applicable, is part of your health network. Knowing where to go can save precious minutes.

Don't forget to bring a list of your medications

Again, preparation can make a world of difference. If you don’t have a list of all the medications that you and your family take, make it now. Have it ready to go with you when you or a loved one needs sudden care.

Remember to include not only medications prescribed by your primary care doctor, but also over-the-counter medications and any recreational substances you may use regularly. These can all have significant interactions with medications that the clinic may prescribe.

Don't go alone

If you can, bring someone you trust with you to the care center. This person can help you if you are injured, and ask questions and receive answers that you, in an injured or ill state, may not be able to remember. A family member or trusted friend can also assist with care after medical treatment.

Do know when to choose this type of care

You should go to the nearest clinic if you require treatment when your primary care physician’s office is closed, such as after hours or on holidays. Go to urgent care for:

  • Upper respiratory tract infections such as flu, cough from infection, nasal congestion or cold
  • Urinary tract infections
  • Sprains and strains
  • Deep cuts where you can control bleeding
  • Fever without a rash
  • Vomiting or persistent diarrhea
  • Non-severe abdominal pain

Do prepare for emergencies now

Take a few minutes now to make a list of the medications you use now, and put it where you can grab it quickly in an urgent situation. Then do a little research on the closest urgent care clinic to your home, workplace and children’s schools. Check on whether they specialize in any one kind of treatment, and write down their address and phone number where you can find it quickly.

Remember that you can come to any FirstMed Urgent Care Clinic when the situation calls for urgent care in West Jordan Utah.

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